SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A master’s DEGREE IN Counseling
Participate in excellence-driven programs that empower you with knowledge of mental health, student affairs and therapeutic strategies.
Enjoy the opportunity of learning from home or at one of our campuses with the guidance and mentorship from world-class faculty.
Join the ranks of our graduates who have gone on to become school counselors, licensed professional counselors and members of student services at universities.
Whether it's a full year in the classroom, practicum or internships, you’ll engage in real-world learning experiences that builds your confidence and skills.
Located in the Frank Young Education North Building, our Mentor Center provides the information and support you need to reach your career goals
Focus Your Passion
The Department of Counseling offers four tracks toward earning your master's degree. Explore which option works best for your career interest and lifestyle. All tracks are non-thesis.
Student Affairs (MED)
Gain employment in the university setting through our non-accredited student affairs track. Counseling provides the foundation needed to interact with college students on a daily basis. Graduates often find employment in career services, academic affairs, recruiting and admissions. When you graduate, you’ll be ready to help students, whatever their challenge may be. (Total Hours: 30)
Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS)
Do you want to work in a hospital or private practice? Guide others to better lives with our CACREP-accredited clinical mental health counseling track. Our program prepares you to serve as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas. You’ll serve clientele with different mental, emotional and behavioral difficulties as well as couples counseling. With this track, you can also become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. (Total Hours: 60)
School Counseling (MS)
Make a difference in local schools through our CACREP-accredited school counseling track. Learn to provide guidance and counseling to students of all ages. You must hold a valid teaching certificate and 2 years of full-time teaching experience to qualify for this program. When you graduate you’ll be certified as a Professional School Counselor. (Total Hours: 51)
School Counseling with LPC (MS)
Are you interested in helping your school and community? You can become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with this CACREP-accredited track. Learn the importance of group dynamics, family therapies and diverse assessments through our comprehensive program. With this emphasis, you’ll be able to make a difference for everyone. (Total Hours: 60)
Study What Interests You
Earn a certificate or licensure as part of your graduate curriculum. These recognitions provide career benefits like higher salaries and job opportunities.
A&M-Commerce master’s degree in Counseling prepares you to work in community agencies, schools, student affairs and much more. Our graduates are quick to transition when job opportunities present themselves.
Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries
US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018
Learn about some of the exams you may encounter as part of your counseling preparation.
Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam(CPCE)
The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) is a standardized exit exam designed to review the main core counseling concepts. All school and clinical mental health students must pass the CPCE. The exam is a computer-based exam (CBT) administered by the Testing Center.
National Counselor Exam(NCE)
The National Counselor Exam is a standardized test used to assess knowledge, skills and abilities determined to be important for providing effective counseling services. The NCE is an optional exam that is not needed to graduate. However, it is a requirement for counselor licensure in many states, including the state of Texas, and for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification.
Develop an effective philosophy of and approach to play therapy and an increased understanding of children and of children’s world views. You will learn to communicate with children at an affective level, to promote children’s self-exploration and understanding, and to increase children’s sympathy and acceptance of others.
A survey of the historical development and principal conceptualizations of marital and family counseling/therapy. Goals include an initial examination and comparison of various theories currently employed in the field with an emphasis on interview techniques. Subject areas to be covered include the various schools of family counseling/therapy, along with current trends and issues in marriage and family counseling/therapy.
Examines characteristics of present and future college students. Presented as a seminar to identify and examine salient issues facing college students. It includes sources of motivation, learning styles, development of values, relationship development, psychosocial development and issues related to gender, health, and intercultural concerns.
Graduate Program Cost
Tuition and fees for graduate students taking nine credit hours are $3,669 for Texas residents and $7,341 for non-residents.
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